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Mike Rigoberto Ott delivered the crucial equalizer as the men’s national football team salvaged a 1-1 draw with Yemen in the third round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers on Tuesday night at the Saoud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. Ott fired…

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DOHA: Qatar reacted angrily Wednesday after its Gulf rival the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 football World Cup without a change of policy. A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting…

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LONDON: Sergio Aguero gave Manchester City a welcome boost on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as the Argentina striker returned to training following his recent car crash. Aguero sustained a broken rib when a taxi he was passenger in crashed on its way to Amsterdam airport last month. The accident sparked…

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REYKJAVIK: Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) following a 2-0 win over Kosovo. Needing victory to guarantee top spot in European qualifying Group I, goals from Everton star Gylfi…

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PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar headline an impressive 30-man shortlist unveiled on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) for the 2017 Ballon d’Or world footballer of the year award. Portugal superstar Ronaldo is attempting to match Lionel Messi’s record by winning the prize for a fifth time after his starring…

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QUITO: Lionel Messi and Argentina will be fighting for their World Cup lives on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as the South American heavyweights take on Ecuador aiming to avoid a humiliating failure to qualify for next year’s finals in Russia. The eyes of the football world will turn to Quito’s…

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BERLIN: Midfielder Leon Goretzka netted twice as Germany routed Azerbaijan 5-1 on Monday to make history with a perfect World Cup qualifying record of 10 wins in as many games. The reigning world champions had already sealed their ticket to Russia last Thursday with a 3-1 win over Northern Ireland,…

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Bent on securing a seat to the main tournament, the men’s national football team tangles with Yemen anew in the third round of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers today at the Saoud bin Abdul Rahman Al-Thani Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar. The Filipinos and the Yeme­nis…

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Ceres Negros Youth FC showed its dominance of the Under-17 (U17) and Under-15 (U15) divisions of the Youth Football League (YFL) as it advanced to the Cup Championship finals of the two age categories with twin wins over separate foes on Sunday at the Alabang Country Club Multi-purpose Field in…

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MONTEVIDEO: The once unfathomable prospect of a World Cup without Lionel Messi and Argentina could become reality on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) as South America’s thrilling 2018 qualification battle reaches its climax. Two years after Argentina kicked off their troubled campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to Ecuador, Jorge…

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